Ontario Recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day

Published on June 24, 2021

Ontario Recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, released the following statement in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day:

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of what was originally National Aboriginal Day — renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017. It is an opportunity to recognize the rich traditions, cultures and heritage of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis peoples and celebrate their contributions to our province and country.

This day also provides us with an important opportunity to remember the loss of generations who are no longer with us, and the continued loss experienced by residential school survivors and their families. As we reflect on the strength and resiliency of the Indigenous peoples of Canada, let us continue to strengthen our relationships with Indigenous partners and support healing and reconciliation by advancing initiatives that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of Indigenous people and their communities.

I want to acknowledge the efforts of Indigenous leaders and communities to safeguard their unique heritage, traditions and languages for future generations. We must all do our part to preserve, respect and sustain Indigenous cultures, while enhancing our collective understanding of the outstanding contributions and achievements of Indigenous peoples.

I encourage all Ontarians to participate in the many virtual events happening across the province today and learn more about the diverse Indigenous cultures in Ontario.”